Monday, September 10, 2007

An Antique Sampler


This wonderful antique sampler was purchased years ago for fifty cents. My mother went to a garage sale and bought me a baggie of DMC floss and some thread. Inside, all neatly folded, was this sampler. Because my mother is so honest and kind, she drove back to the sale and tried to give the sampler back. She thought it probably held some sentimental value at least. To her amazement, the people told her to keep it.

Mom took it home and framed it in a brass frame - indicative of 1970's product availability and style. I spent a lot of time studying the piece and wondered who Elizabeth Edwards was. Where was the 13 year old girl from? How long did it take her to complete her stitching sampler?

Elizabeth's work is a cherished piece now in my home. My mother gave it to me several years ago because she knew I would love it and take care of it. I found a Victorian frame to have it displayed in and think they compliment each other nicely. Thank you, Elizabeth..........and thank you, Mom!

16 comments:

Nunnie's Attic said...

Talented girl for only 13. What a nice piece to display in your home. The love she put into it is surrounded by the love in your home. I'm sure she'd be thrilled it found a proper owner!

Love,
Julie

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

It's a beautiful piece, I love it!! And your story about the salesman really made me laugh!!!I'm glad I'm not the only one these things happen to...

Kim from "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

What a lovely piece...how nice that it is being loved and treasured by you, dear Becky!!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

That is sweet; I am glad it found a good home......
Please stop by my blog today; I am having a tea party!
:)

Michelle said...

What a treasure and I love the frame.

Shabby-Roses-Cottage said...

Dear Becky,

wonderful story...
Now this piece is worth a mint for you... And yes I'm sure your Mum knew that you would love it and take care of this sweet sampler...
Love greetings,Patricia

Lauren at Faith Fuel! said...

What a wonderful mother you have! So honest and sweet.
By the way, I have many frames like that- and I'm inspired to put something in them that will speak to my soul- someone's art work or someone's "creed" cross stitched lovingly and by faith.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love the sampler...it's a very special piece. I don't have any but could only DREAM of finding an authentic one for such a bargain!
Thanks for sharing it!
Have a great day!
-Robin

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love the sampler...it's a very special piece. I don't have any but could only DREAM of finding an authentic one for such a bargain!
Thanks for sharing it!
Have a great day!
-Robin

Susie said...

Lovely sampler. I cherish some of the ones that my Grandma passed on to me.
:)

Shelby said...

The sampler is so very nice..I like your story about it too.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a wonderful piece and how proud she would be to know how far it has come and how cherished it is.

Hugs,
Dena

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Wonderful sampler!

Yet another neat treasure you have. I love how much personality and history your home has, so many things with a story!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love it ..and its home! soo sweet that your Mom gave it to you..and the story behind it. .50...rolling my eyes..what were they thinking? Jeesh, cherry

Lallee said...

How wonderful that this beautiful piece fell into your loving hands. I always wonder who the sewers were.

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful piece! I love it!